A pregnant and diabetic San Diego woman who stood behind President Barack Obama at a news conference on Monday nearly fell backward before she was caught by the president and audience members.
Obama was making remarks on glitches in the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act when Karmel Allison, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 9 years old, took a deep breath and began closing her eyes.
As the president spoke, she fell slightly back and was held up by a woman next to her, a man behind her and Obama, who turned around and grabbed her.
"You're okay, I got you, you're okay," the president could be heard telling Allison.
Before she was escorted away from the White House Rose Garden, Obama turned back to reporters and said, "This happens when I talk too long."
Allison, who works in computational biology at UC San Diego, tweeted later that she was fine.
"I'm ok world- just got a little lightheaded. Thanks, @BarackObama for catching me! And good thing this pregnant diabetic is pregnant :)," her tweet said.
Allison also authors a blog on the ASweetLife.org website, on which she praised CoveredCA, the state's insurance exchange under Obamacare, for not asking whether she had diabetes.
—City News Service